Is Car­bon­ear flushed with money?

The Compass - - OPINION -

I write in re­sponse the ar­ti­cle head­lined “Arena odyssey” that ap­peared on the front page of the Nov. 13, 2012 print edition of The Com­pass.

Why should this Har­bour Grace is­sue be a prob­lem for the Town of Car­bon­ear? Af­ter all, it was promised to Har­bour Grace by the MHA for the dis­trict. He knew very well, along with the mayor and coun­cil­lors of Har­bour Grace, that this ap­prox­i­mately $21 mil­lion ven­ture with Har­bour Grace hav­ing to cost-share the ap­prox­i­mate amount 20 per cent would be in the vicin­ity of $3.8 mil­lion.

The Town of Har­bour Grace has very lit­tle tax base and the ma­jor­ity of its cit­i­zens are on a fixed in­come, so the res­i­dents there tell me. If Car­bon­ear were to cost-share this ven­ture, as no other towns in the area want to buy into it (which would have been a good thing), this leaves the tax­pay­ers of Car­bon­ear to split half of $3.8 mil­lion with the Town of Har­bour Grace to the tune of $1.9 mil­lion.

Is the Town of Car­bon­ear flushed with so much ex­tra money that it can af­ford to send this amount to an­other town with­out pub­lic in­put? I don’t agree with Car­bon­ear Mayor Sam Slade if he means pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions, but only by a se­cret bal­lot. That way tax­pay­ers and only tax­pay­ers, not their chil­dren over 18, have the say. I be­lieve this is how democ­racy works, or am I in the dark?

I am of no po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion, but one only has to look at the coun­cil­lors of the coun­cil in Car­bon­ear and you will know which pro­vin­cial po­lit­i­cal party the ma­jor­ity are aligned with.

Come on, Car­bon­ear tax­pay­ers, get a grip. Are you OK with $1.9 mil­lion of your taxes go­ing to Har­bour Grace? If you sit back and wait for this to hap­pen it will be too late and you will de­serve what you get. No use grum­bling then.

If Car­bon­ear buys into this, Har­bour Grace should have to pay a re­gional fee to the Car­bon­ear swim­ming pool and the Con­cep­tion Bay Re­gional Community Cen­tre.

Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy has said if this de­ci­sion is not made soon the arena will have to go some­place else. This sounds like a bully at­ti­tude to me. If the other towns didn’t want to buy into the cost-shar­ing with Har­bour Grace in the be­gin­ning be­cause of the cost to their tax­pay­ers, what makes him think that they want to take on a $21 mil­lion project?

It is most likely that Car­bon­ear tax­pay­ers will end up with a tax hike this year in any case, so if we have to send $1.9 mil­lion to Har­bour Grace, what ser­vices will be elim­i­nated in this town?

I say to all tax­pay­ers: don’t be bul­lied by the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives on the Car­bon­ear town coun­cil or by your MHA for this dis­trict.

Carol Ho­gan writes from Car­bon­ear

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